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    Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship

    Offered by SHAPE America

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jan 10, 2024
    Multiple awards worth

    $1,250 - $1,750

    Grade level

    College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

    Application deadline:

    October 15, 2024

    Scholarship Overview

    The Ruth Abernathy Presidential Scholarship, developed by the past presidents of SHAPE America to honor deserving students, is awarded to three undergraduate students and two graduate students in January of each year. Eligible applicants must be SHAPE America members, be majoring in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, or dance, and submit two letters of recommendation in order to apply.

    While undergraduate recipients will receive $1,250 each, graduate school recipients will earn $1,750 each. In addition, all winners will be given a complimentary three-year SHAPE American membership. If you’re a post-secondary student passionate about health, physical education, recreation, or dance, we encourage you to apply!

    About SHAPE America

    Since 1995, SHAPE (Society of Health and Physical Educators) America has awarded scholarships to outstanding undergraduate and graduate student members majoring in the field of health, physical education, recreation or dance. SHAPE America serves as the voice for more than 200,000 health and physical education professionals across the United States. The organization's extensive community includes a diverse membership of health and physical educators, as well as advocates, supporters, and more than 50 state affiliate organizations.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

    Minimum GPA

    3.5

    Academic Interest

    Sports/Exercise Science, Healthcare, Dance

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.

    Proof of enrollment

    Academic transcript

    Letters of Recommendation

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship designated for full-time or part-time students?

    This scholarship is designated for full-time enrollment status only.

    Is this scholarship restricted by institution type?

    Yes, this scholarship is restricted for use at four-year colleges.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact SHAPE America at [email protected].

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